Disconnect to Reconnect…

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People tend to ask me; how do you do it? Where do you find time to work, do groceries, laundry and housework, manage kid’s appointments and still go to the cottage each and every weekend? I simply reply that this is a need for our family and not just a choice. In this hectic and busy world, we live in, going to our cottage and knowing that there is no internet connection and no cellular reception brings me a certain calm, relief and inner peace. For me, there’s nothing like sitting around a camp fire, enjoying the outdoors and connecting with the people I love. This is my pill, my happy place, my reward and how I enjoy spending my weekends.

When I met my husband, over 20 years ago, he introduced me to hunting, fishing, camping and outdoor adventures. We would spend our weekends in the wild with his two brothers, spouses, cousins and friends. This was a new way of life, appreciating what nature had to offer and creating special bonds along the way. It showed me that there was more to life then working relentless hours, keeping an immaculate home, going shopping and spending my money in restaurants…

Picture of my husband and I enjoying a nice winter day at the cottage.

A few years passed and then it happened… we decided to have kids. For us, having children didn’t change who we were but strengthened our values and pushed us to better ourselves. As parents, we wanted to continue our weekend adventures and create new memories with our little ones. Of course, we needed to plan differently; be organised, always think in advance, be ready for any given situation, practice patience, be responsible and bring LOT’S more stuff. However, we also knew that we wanted to raise strong, independent, grounded, resilient kids.  In fact, most studies agree that kids who play outside and spend time in nature are smarter, happier, more attentive, and less anxious than kids who spend more time indoors.

Here are few reasons why nature is good for kids:

  • Builds confidence
  • Promotes creativity and imagination
  • Teaches responsibilities
  • Provides different stimulations
  • Gets them moving
  • Makes them think
  • Reduce stress and fatigue

All these qualities and traits are what we stand for and what we wanted to pass-on to our children. In this fast-paced world, the opportunity to slow down is not very far away.

Kids with magnifying glasses exploring the nature. Slightly soft.

Now that our kids are older, 15 and 17 years old, and that we appreciate a bit more luxury, my husband and I decided to purchase a nice cottage with a lakefront view and of course no cellular network. Surprisingly, our kids still follow us, enjoy our company and find peace with disconnecting from their busy social media life and reconnecting with each other.

Do you think you could disconnect for a weekend?

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References:

Raising Resilient Kids with Nature | Childhood By Nature

Why Kids Need to Spend Time in Nature | Child Mind Institute

12 Tips to Raise Confident Children | Building Self-Esteem | Child Mind Institute

4 thoughts on “Disconnect to Reconnect…

  1. Disconnect to Reconnect is so true. Society nowadays is so connected to electronics and I find they are turning into couch potatoes. Wit this whole Covid situation this past year, it’s gotten even worse. Getting outdoors, spectacular. You reminded me of my husband, children, and I going to our large heated ice hut (10′ x 20′) with propane/wood cooking stove on Sundays. To this day we still reminisce about the wonderful times, enjoying the outdoors, we had there with family and friends, disconnected.

    • Hi Diane,
      Happy that you enjoyed reading my blog and that it brought back good memories. 🙂 I agree with you, this past year with the COVID situation, things did get worst and we found ourselves anxious and stressed. I am very grateful that we can go to the cottage and disconnect during the weekends.

  2. I really enjoyed reading your blog. To answer your question “Do you think you can disconnect for the weekend?” Yes, I believe I believe I would be able to disconnect for the weekend, even though I am only 22 years old and grew up living with technology and social media, It is important to remind yourself what is truly important in life. that you can survive with out the internet or checking your social media pages multiple times a day. Social media at times can be draining and I believe why children these days are more depressed.I would encourage my family and friends to try and disconnect for the weekend and see how it goes.

    • I’m happy you enjoyed my blog. I agree with you, I fine that many teenagers these days are depressed, anxious and tired. Like anything in life, sometimes we just need a break. You should consider trying it for a weekend. 😉

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